The summer holidays are over, the conkers are beginning to fall, and we’re beginning to think about putting the heating on – it’s time to embrace the beautiful season of Autumn!
Autumn is a transitional season, which takes us from the relaxing warmth of summer to the crisp cold of winter. Transitions can be a time to re-think our routines and take advantage of the seasonal change to make changes of our own.
Autumn is also a time of plenty when the fruits of the fields are harvested and we give thanks for the way the Earth provides for us. We can also give thanks for our own ‘harvest’. What fruits have we grown from our dedication and hard work? Instead of always looking to the next challenge, consider your achievements.
Autumn is also a journey into the dark days of winter. Our bodies have to work harder to fight off the seasonal coughs and colds, while the lower Vitamin D levels reduce our natural immunity. This is a time to prepare, strengthen and restore our bodies through an extra commitment to yoga and restorative practice.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of seasonal yoga workshops to give you an extra boost for the coming season.
1. Yoga Foundation Course
Where: Oval, 40 St. Agnes Place, London SE11 4BE
When: 13th & 14th October 2018
How much: £225
As the seasons change, it can inspire us to make the changes in our own lives that we may have been putting off for a while. The Yoga Foundation Course offered by YogaLondon is a condensed exploration of the vast subject that is yoga.
Set over a weekend, you will cover a large range of topics including bandhas (body locks), kriyas (cleansing exercises) and how to do adjustments. You’ll also get to hang out with a group of like-minded yogis, who love yoga just as much as you do.
The course also acts as an introduction to yoga teaching, and if you’ve been considering this as a career option, but would like to ‘try before you buy’, look no further. You’ll get to jump in at the deep end and stand in front of a class and teach. That way you’ll know for sure!
2. Embracing Change through Yin Yoga & Sound Healing
Where: Zen Yoga, 24A Camberwell Grove, Camberwell, London SE5 8RE
When: Saturday 27th October, 7.00 – 9.00pm
How Much: £28
As we move from the yang summer months into the yin of autumn, we begin to feel changes in the air – colder weather and shorter days prepare us to move into a phase of slowing down, reflection and introspection. It is also a time to shift into a more nurturing and healing space.
Hosted by Zen Yoga – a studio based on Buddhist principles – this workshop will be taking you on a journey of the self to stop and just be; to see where you are now, tune in to how you’re feeling and reflect back on what you have achieved. This will be done through gentle yin yoga, guided Metta (loving-kindness) meditation, pranayama and sound healing with the Tibetan singing bowls.
You’re pretty much guaranteed to come out of this workshop full of peace and self-love!
3. Yin & Yang: Reflect, Release & Restore Workshop
Where: yogahaven Clapham, 63 Wingate square, SW4 0AF
When: Sunday 28th of October, 2.30 – 4.30pm
How Much: £25
As the clocks go back, it is the perfect time to reflect on the year we have had; letting go of what no longer serves us and welcoming the natural change of season. The opposite forces of yin and yang sum up the contrasts of Summer and Winter, with Autumn being the link between the two.
This workshop at yogahaven in Clapham will help you to find this balance through a slow, strong Yang practice with lots of twists, forward folds, and inversions. This is then followed by a short reflection and meditation as you enter a soft, still, Yin practice.
You’re also asked to bring a piece of paper and a pen to ‘jot down some reflective thoughts’ for the full self-reflective package.
4. Release & Replenish: Delicious Autumn Yin
Where: The Honor Oak Wellness Room, 82 Brockley Rise, se23 1ln
When: Saturday 10th November, 3.30 – 5.30pm
How much: £25
Taking their cue from seasonal changes, this yin yoga workshop encourages you to slow down, turn inwards, and become more introspective.
This workshop at the Honor Oak Wellness Rooms in south-east London will focus on the seasonal cues of Autumn and Winter: to take time out to rest and replenish, turn inwards, become more introspective, conserve energy, nourish yourself, and let go of what you no longer need (like autumn leaves falling from the trees).
The Honor Oak Wellness Rooms specialise in evidence-based health and well-being classes, and this workshop is no exception: guided breathing and meditation techniques ground the mind, activating the soothing parasympathetic nervous system to leave you feeling spacious, calm and full of ease. Suitable for all levels, there will be plenty of props for support and modifications for those recovering from injury.
5. Full Moon Sound Bath: Rest, Reflect & Review
Where: Good Vibes Fitness, 14 – 16 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BU
When: Friday 23rd November, 7.30 – 9.00pm
How much: £25
This workshop is based on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and focuses on a yin and restorative yoga practice that supports the body and all its organs through the changing seasons.
The melodic resonance of hand-crafted full moon singing bowls, as well as a guided Yoga Nidra session will lead you into the forthcoming year while harnessing the powerful energy of November’s Full Moon. Suitable for beginners as no yoga experience is necessary – all you need is an ability to get onto the floor and breathe – which sounds like a good start!